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Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin Recipe

Looking to whip up a turkey dinner without the whole turkey ordeal? Then you’ve got to try this Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin Recipe.

It’s perfect for a smaller Thanksgiving or a comfy weeknight meal. Plus, it’s an easy recipe that promises juicy turkey with a crispy skin that everyone craves!

Turkey tenderloin slices on a white plate next to green beans.

Why Air Fryer Recipes Are the Way to Go

Air frying is the easiest way to get that perfect golden brown turkey without monopolizing your oven space. It’s a great option for those who want to enjoy tender meat with a fraction of the time and effort.

The Magic of the Air Fryer Basket

Using a large capacity air fryer, this recipe turns out to be a beautiful boneless turkey breast in less time than traditional methods.

And with air fryers becoming less of an appliance and more of a necessity in kitchens, you won’t regret giving this method a try.

Tenderloin breast meat sliced up on a white plate with green beans and potatoes.

Ingredients

  • Turkey breast tenderloins
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Brown sugar

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Ingredients for air fryer turkey tenderloin

Start by gathering your ingredients.

Prepping the turkey breasts for cooking in the air fryer.

Prepping Your Turkey Tenderloin

First thing, pat your turkey skin-side with some paper towels to get it ready for that herb butter or olive oil.

  • Brush the olive oil on both sides of the turkey.
  • In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and brown sugar.
  • Sprinkle the spice mix over all sides of the turkey until fully coated.

Rubbing your turkey with a mix of fresh herbs and spices is the best thing you can do for flavor. Trust me, the blend of garlic powder, black pepper, and a little bit of brown sugar in this recipe will make a spice rub you’ll use over and over.

Turkey breast tenderloins in an air fryer basket.
  • Spray the basket of the air fryer with a non-stick cooking spray, and place the tenderloins into the basket at the bottom of the air fryer.
  • Cook at 380 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, flip over, and cook for ten more minutes on the other side. 

The great thing about the air fryer is that when circulating hot air, it cooks the food evenly.

Cooked turkey tenderloins resting on a white plate.

Remove the turkey from the air fryer basket and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Serving Up the Perfect Turkey Dinner

After letting your turkey rest on a cutting board for 5-10 minutes, slice it up and serve. This is the only way to make sure you’ve got that juicy, tender meat just right.

So, whether it’s for a special dinner or a casual meal, this air fryer turkey breast recipe will surely be a hit.

And if you’re cooking for a smaller crowd, this is undoubtedly the best option.

The Only Way to Guarantee Juicy Meat: Meat Thermometer

Whether you use an instant-read thermometer or a favorite you have at home, ensuring the internal temperature of the turkey hits the sweet spot is crucial.

Aim for 165 degrees F for that juicy meat without worrying about it ending up dry.

Sliced turkey tenderloin boneless breast on a white plate. There is a fork with a bite on it.

Leftover Turkey Recipes

Got leftovers? No problem. Your juicy turkey can turn into a myriad of leftover turkey recipes. Just store it in airtight containers or freezer bags, and you’re set for easy meals for the next 3-4 days.

The Perfect Pairing

What goes with a perfectly roasted turkey tenderloin? Your favorite side dishes, of course! Whether it’s a simple salad or some savory cranberry sauce, the right sides can turn this dish into a feast.

Here are a few more ideas:

Turkey tenderloin slices on a white plate next to green beans.

Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Enjoy a succulent turkey tenderloin with a crispy exterior, cooked perfectly in your air fryer. This quick and healthy recipe promises a delicious meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Turkey breast tenderloins (1 pkg)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees.
  2. Remove turkey tenderloins from packaging and pat dry with a clean paper towel.
  3. Place the tenderloins in a baking dish, then brush both sides with olive oil.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and brown sugar.
  5. Sprinkle the spice mix over all sides of the turkey until fully coated.
  6. Spray the basket of the air fryer with a non-stick cooking spray, and place the tenderloins into the basket. 
  7. Cook at 380 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, flip over, and cook for ten more minutes on the other side. 
  8. Remove the turkey from the air fryer basket and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing it and serving.

Notes

  • Be sure to let the turkey rest for at least 10 minutes after removing it from the air fryer before slicing. 
  • Internal temp should reach 165 degrees. Make sure you test the temperature in the fattest part of the tenderloin.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 472Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 200mgSodium: 553mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 74g

Nutrition is approximate.

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